Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has stated that he is glad that he has moved to the Premier League champions, and that young English talent is not wasted at the Etihad Stadium.
Adam Johnson recently left Roberto Mancini’s men stating that English players were not given a chance due to the expenditure on foreign superstars.
However, Rodwell, who opted to leave Everton in the summer, has commented that he is part of the City first-team and does not feel his opportunities are limited by switching to Mancini’s men.
“I’m young and English. I’ve not got a bad word to say about City. If they want you and sign you, then they have got intent for you,” he told reporters at a press conference, published in The Sun.
“I was not guaranteed a starting place at Everton. I had a lot of injuries, Darron Gibson and Marouane Fellaini were in form, so it was a push for me to get in that side.
“But when the champions come knocking, it’s hard to refuse.
“It has been hard to adjust. I was at Everton from the age seven. Being there 14 years meant any move was going to be big. The methods and styles are very different. The respective managers are very different.
“The standard of training is amazing,” he concluded.
Rodwell competes with the likes of Javi Garcia, Gareth Barry, James Milner and Yaya Toure for a place in the City staring XI, and is currently on England under-21 duty, where he is in line to face Serbia at Carrow Road on Friday night.